Brighton Defender Tariq Lamptey Snubs England U-21 Squad After Interest From Ghana

Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey has submitted a request to be left OUT of the England U21 squad after attracting interest from Ghana. However, the Young Lions boss Lee Carsley insists ‘it’s not something we’ve given up on’.

Tariq Lamptey has asked to not be a part of the England U21 squad after being approached with offers to switch allegiances to Ghana.

The 21-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion full-back is meant to be in Lee Carsley’s Young Lions squad for the upcoming four Euro qualifiers against the Czech Republic, Albania, Kosovo, and Slovenia.

Instead, he has chosen to not link up with the squad, as he makes decisions on whether to represent the Black Stars or the Three Lions going forward.

Young Lions boss Carsley spoke to The Sun concerning Lamptey’s decision to snub the England U21 squad :

‘There’s an issue over his dual nationality. He’s had an approach. It’s something he’s considering at the minute.

‘He’s asked to be left out of the squad for a bit of head space. He’s not switched, it’s not cemented or anything like that.

‘But he’s had an approach (from Ghana), we have to respect that.

‘We’ve made it clear how important we see him to us. I know the seniors have as well.

‘It’s not something that we’ve given up on. Tariq is fully aware of how important we see him.’

Lamptey, however, may be enticed by the better chance of playing tournament football with Ghana following the wealth of talent that exists in the England squad at right-back.

The Three Lions have the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, James Justin, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Tino Livramento already among the ranks.

Also included in the U21 squad are Nottingham Forest loanee Djed Spence, Norwich’s Max Aarons, and Ben Johnson of West Ham.

However, the Young Lions Boss has insisted he and England boss Gareth Southgate have spoken to Lamptey about his potential decision.

‘I’ve definitely got to give him a bit of space now. We’ve got a squad of players there that are desperate to play for England.

‘I wouldn’t want to leave one out to bring one in that’s unsure, I don’t think that’s fair.

‘But the opposite to that is Tariq is a big player for us and we see a real future for him within the pathway, so I’ll definitely be going back to him.

‘He would be a big loss. We do have some really good right-backs but that doesn’t mean we should become blasé about our players.

‘We see Tariq as an important player for not potentially only the senior team but the 21s as well.’

Football players switching allegiances to other nations or their mother nation is a common theme recently — which has affected the Three Lions in the past. One popular mention is Wilfried Zaha’s switch to Ivory Coast, but more recently they have lost Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala to Germany.

Players are allowed to switch if they have only made three senior appearances or fewer, and those appearances came before they turned 21. This would therefore mean that the likes of Marc Guehi and Callum Hudson-Odoi could still switch allegiances. 

Carsley added:

‘One thing we don’t want to do is force people to play for England.

‘We can only let them know when they’re on camp and off camp how important they are to us. We can never make any guarantees.

‘I think it’s unfair in football to do that. But I’ve had some really good conversations over the last few days with Tariq.

‘He’s a very level-headed, sensible kid. It’s not like you can see him going one way one day and the next changing like the wind.’

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